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Prior to his appointment as chairman, James E. Nevels served as deputy chairman of the Bank’s board of directors and has been a Class C director at the Bank since January 2010. In 1991, he founded The Swarthmore Group, an investment advisory firm. He is chairman of the board of The Hershey Company and serves on the boards of the Hershey Trust Company, the Milton Hershey School, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In 2004, President George W. Bush appointed Nevels to the Advisory Committee of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., where he served as chairman from 2005 to 2007. Nevels has also served as chairman of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. A cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bucknell University, he also earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also earned honorary doctorates from Saint Joseph’s University and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.